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Research

Our work is focused around medical devices, diagnostics and digital innovations and our research interest is divided into five broad themes. The themes are open-ended and overlapping, and allow us to deliver ambitious and impactful research  

  • Diagnostics and Prognostics 
  • Digital Health 
  • Medical Technologies and Environmental Challenges  
  • Regulatory Science and Innovation in Healthcare 
  • Horizon Scanning Tools and Methodologies 

Our research projects include short components undertaken by our staff, as well as independent undergraduate and postgraduate projects (including MSc/PhD) conducted throughout the year.  

If you're interested in undertaking research with us (including those looking to undertake PhDs in this area), please contact us at info@io.nihr.ac.uk.

Latest Outputs

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COVID-19 Impact on Diagnostic Innovations: Emerging Trends and Implications

COVID-19 Impact on Diagnostic Innovations: Emerging Trends and Implications

Diagnostic testing remains the backbone of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response, supporting containment efforts to mitigate the outbreak. The severity of this crisis and increasing capacity issues associated with polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based testing, accelerated the development of diagnostic solutions to meet demands for mass testing. Since March 2020, the Innovation Observatory has applied […]

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Identification of COVID-19 Diagnostics Using Horizon Scanning Approaches to Inform Decision Making

Identification of COVID-19 Diagnostics Using Horizon Scanning Approaches to Inform Decision Making

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the Innovation Observatory has collated a comprehensive global dataset of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests, supporting stakeholder in assessing priorities and mitigation options in response to testing challenges. Using manual and automated horizon scanning approaches, our diagnostic landscape has provided key insights into the evolution of technological innovations, their regulation and […]

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Rapid Technology Scan: Radioligand Technologies

Rapid Technology Scan: Radioligand Technologies

The Innovation Observatory performed a scan of radioligand technologies (imaging and therapeutic) in May 2021, using robust horizon scanning methods to identify promising innovations and to anticipate technological trends. We developed a detailed dataset of technologies by formulating search strategies for radioligand, based on a comprehensive list of terms and input from expert panels. Primary […]

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